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Sunday of Orthodoxy

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[[Image:Sunday of Orthodoxy.jpg|right|200px|thumb|The restoration of the holy icons]]The '''Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy''' is celebrated on the first Sunday of [[Great Lent]]. It is the celebration of the victory of the [[iconodule]]s over the [[iconoclasm|iconoclasts]] by the decision of the [[Seventh Ecumenical Council]]. Therefore, the service is to commemorate the restoration of [[iconography|icons]] for use in services and private devotional life of Christians.  Services often include the [[clergy]] or the [[faithful]] triumphantly processing around the church, holding icons of their [[patron saint|patron]] or parish saints. In areas where multiple [[jurisdiction]]s exist (such as the United States), [[Pan-Orthodox]] [[Vespers]] are also usually celebrated in the evening. ==Themes== Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special theme. In the course of Church history, almost each Lenten Sunday has obtained a second theme, a historical theme.Originally the Lenten fast was the time for [[catechumen]]s to prepare for [[baptism]] and entry into the Church. The Sunday spiritual themes were part of the early Christian catechesis. ===Historical theme=== The theme of the day is victory of the True Faith. "This is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith" ([[I John|1 John]] 5:4). Also, the icons of the saints bear witness that man, "created in the image and likeness of God" ([[Genesis|Gen]] 1:26), becomes holy and godlike through the purification of himself as God's living image. The connection of the victory over iconoclasm with Lent is purely historical; the first ''Triumph of Orthodoxy'' took place on this particular Sunday. ===Spiritual theme===The first Sunday of Great Lent originally commemorated the [[Prophet]]s such as [[Moses]], [[Aaron]], and [[Samuel]]. The Liturgy's alleluia verses and scripture readings appointed for the Sunday of Orthodoxy reflect this older usage. The [[Epistle]] reading is a completion of [[Book of Hebrews|Hebrews]] 11:24-26, 32-12:2. The yet-to-be-baptized catechumens of the early church heard the Epistle about the [[Old Testament]] men who lived by their faith in a promise whose fulfillment they did not see. After the righteous of the Old Testament are mentioned, the Epistle says: ''And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.''  The Gospel lesson is [[Gospel of John|John]] 1:43-51, and it ends with a explanation of the ''something better'' of the Epistle: ''"You will see greater things than these." And He said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."'' The catechumens of the early church, and the faithful preparing for Pascha today, are told that, with faith, they will see the inauguration of the new age, the fulfillment of all promises, and the manifestation of the Kingdom, through the Incarnation, in the Church. ==Hymns==[[Troparion]] ([[Tone]] 2) []:We venerate Your most pure image, O Good One,:and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God.:Of Your own will You were pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh:to deliver Your creatures from bondage to the enemy.:Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to You::You have filled all with joy, O our Savior,:by coming to save the world. [[Kontakion]] (Tone 8) []:No one could describe the Word of the Father;:but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos, He accepted to be described,:and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.:We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and images. ==Source== *''Great Lent: Journey to Pascha'', by Fr. [[Alexander Schmemann]] (1974). St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. ISBN 0913836044 ==External links==*[ Sunday of Orthodoxy] by Protopresbyter [[Alexander Schmemann]]*[ The First Sunday of Lent: The Sunday of Orthodoxy] ([[GOARCH]])*[ The Service of the Triumph of Orthodoxy]*[ 1st Sunday of Great Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy] ([[OCA]]) [[Category:Feasts]][[Category:Liturgics]][[Category:Lent]] [[fr:Dimanche de l'Orthodoxie]]LOL INTERNET

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